Kootu Curry/ Chickpeas, Raw Banana and Yam in Coconut Masala Recipe

Kootu Curry is an essential part of feasts in Kerala. One may use vegetables of choice along with Black Chickpea though generally Yam and Raw Banana are vegetables of choice. Kootu Curry is a coconut based dish which also calls for a garnish of roasted coconut.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms Chana/Black Chickpeas
  • 100 gms Yam
  • 1 small raw Banana
  • 1/2 coconut grated
  • 1/2 tsp Chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi /Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera/Cumin powder
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 dry red chilly
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 4 tbsps grated coconut
  • Salt

Method :

Wash and soak the Chickpeas for 8 hours. Pressure cook with salt till done. Deskin Yam and Raw Banana. Wash and cube them. Boil them in water along with chilly and turmeric powder till done. Grind together coconut, green chillies, pepper and Cumin powder. Tip it into the cooked vegetables along with the cooked Chickpeas. Boil well. Dry roast four tbsps of coconut to a rich brown. Drop it into the Kootu Curry. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and after it splutters add the dry red chilly. Toss. Drop in the curry leaves. Toss and pour the seasoning into the Kootu curry. Heat well till all the flavours are infused for about ten minutes.

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